Members of the League of Women Voters - Lake County spent the day downtown Chicago on Saturday, February 27, at the state League's annual Issues Briefing. This is an opportunity for League members from all over the state to learn more about issues about which the League has positions and concerns. Positions on issues are determined by grassroots study and consensus and are used as the basis for our advocacy and outreach activities. At this year's Issues Briefing there were sessions and workshops on gun violence prevention, public education, re-districting reform, the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, criminal justice reform, healthy waters, mental health problems among prisoners, and consolidation of governmental units. We welcomed numerous expert speakers, including State Representative Elaine Nekritz (57th), State Senator Daniel Biss (9th), and U. S. Representative Robin Kelly (IL 2nd). Although the League of Women Voters is most known for its work in helping people register and vote and for presenting candidate debates, we are also proud of our advocacy on issues of importance to the public.